Need help figuring out the next step in my quest to get my deposit and pro-rated rent back from my landlord. Difficulty - I am now living out of state.
I gave 30 days notice to my landlord last December.
I was out of the home with the 30 day period, but the landlord and his agent postponed the walk-through three times. By the time they could come to the house, I was in another state. Luckily, my BF was able to meet with the agent to do the walk-through a week after I left (still w/i the 30 day period).
This was mid-January and I have yet to receive my deposits and my pro-rated rent from January (I paid the whole month, but left mid-month), for a grand total of $2300 and change.
I have sent two emails, with a detailed breakdown of the deposits, and a copy of the lease agreement. I have a letter ready to send out certified mail on Monday, with said details and a reminder of the rental law
in the State of California.
The time limit on when they need to inform me about any damages for which they might be withholding a portion of the deposit passed long ago.
So, what should I do next (assuming I get no response to the letter)?
Lawyer, mediation, arbitration? Small claims court?
My biggest worry is the fact that I am no longer living in California, and it would be difficult money- and time-wise to get time off if I needed to be present in California for any of the proffered solutions.
I hope this makes sense, feel free to ask for clarification on the timeline/details.
If it helps, I lived there for 4 years.